What with interviewing David Bazan and reviewing Danielson’s new The Best of Gloucester County, I’ve been on a little bit of a Christian kick. Not that either Bazan or Danielson really fits that category…or David Eugene Edwards, who is probably my favorite in the rockers-who-grew-up-as-fundamentalists category. Anyway, here’s the Danielson review:
No one makes a joyful noise like Daniel Smith. The tree-costumed ringleader of the Christian-themed, folk-tinged, Danielson project sings in a scratchy, trebly voice that is barely able to contain his excitement. Happy cacophonies of guitar strumming, banjo rattling, pot-banging and glockenspiel tinkling bash and clatter in his wake. Everything is tinted in bright primary school tones, emotions unfiltered, arms up, mouths stretched wide. He and Wovenhand's David Eugene Edwards are friends, but their artistic interpretation of evangelical Christianity could not be more different. Edwards is trapped in a nightmarish vision of Revelations-style judgment. Smith is a preschooler singing "Jesus loves you" at the top of his lungs.